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Recurrent Care Proceedings: Part 4: The emergence of child protection as a public health issue: How would a more prevention-oriented approach alter the provision of services and the family-professional relationship? (£)

Date:8 DEC 2014
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MIKE SHAW Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Child and Family Department at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

SOPHIE KERSHAW Service Manager Family Drug and Alcohol Court

KAREN BROADHURST Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies University of Manchester

JUDITH HARWIN Professor of Social Work Brunel University

BACHAR ALROUH Research Fellow Brunel University

CLAIRE MASON Research Associate University of Manchester Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

In June 2014 we published our finding that nearly a third of all care proceedings in England are repeat removals (Broadhurst et al August [2014] Fam Law 1073). In this short article we argue for a fresh approach to prevention first that the time has come for a public health methodology and second that the family-professional relationship needs to be more therapeutic.

Recently the Chief Medical Officer’s report on mental health concluded that ‘between a quarter and a third of the burden of adult psychiatric disorders is attributable to the effect of childhood abuse’ (L Howard J Shaw S Oram H Khalifeh and...

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